Monday, October 23, 2006

NYT Endorses Rell

From the Editorial:


Mrs. Rell has shown a good sense of priorities. She put billions of dollars into transportation, a pressing but long-ignored need. She put money into pilot programs to provide preschool to poor children and promises to expand them. She has kept state bonding in check and used a large budget surplus this year to reduce pension liabilities and state debt.

Mr. DeStefano, the underdog, has encouraged a real discussion of the state’s many problems. He wants to provide health coverage for the uninsured by closing corporate tax loopholes, a priority for the leaders of the Democratic-controlled Legislature. He’s talked about a windfall profits tax on energy and about lowering residential property taxes. These are good ideas. Voters will also undoubtedly notice that some of them are unnervingly expensive.

The biggest concern about Mr. DeStefano’s candidacy is something that he has no control over — the enormous political imbalance created by the decline of the Connecticut Republican Party. If he is elected, Connecticut will have, in effect, one-party rule; the Democrats are two votes shy of a veto-proof majority in the Legislature.


It seems to me that the NYT is really endorsing gridlock.

Source
Editorial. "For Connecticut’s Governor". New York Times. 10/23/06

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

"It seems to me that the NYT is really endorsing gridlock." Whaddya mean by that? If Ammann or Williams wants to spend money and the issue is popular, Rell is there ready to go. That's not government gridlock.

Anonymous said...

I can see the Republicans are jumping all over this endorsement just like they jumped for joy at the House of Representative endorsements.

bluecoat said...

The New York Times endorsed Dan Malloy over John DeStefano in the August primary so this endorsement of Rell is not unexpected.

Anonymous said...

Rell will get endorsements from the suburban driven newpapers namely: CT Post, the Hartford Courant, the Stamford Advocate and the Journal Inquirer. While DeStefano will get endorsements from the the Hew Haven Register and the New London Day that face the urban issues. Next.

CTRevolution said...

The Connecticut Republican Party is weak, therefore you should vote for Rell says the NY Times. And I thought her reelection platform was weak. This has to be one of the worst endorsements I've ever read. I'm wondering why the times wasted time even looking at the race if they were just going to endorse a Republican from the onset. If this paper still had any political credibility , they would of actually looked at the issues and weighed the candidates positions.

Anonymous said...

Jodi just got a D from the Cato Institute.

Anonymous said...

Well, there goes rell’s plan to ride the libertarian vote into office!

CC said...

Readers of this blog know that I am a conservative. To wit, I believe that supply should meet demand in all things, including politics. I therefore agree with the entries above that mock the NY Times endorsement. If the citizens of our fair state want to turn it deep blue by having the two elected branches of government controlled by the same party (Democrats) than that is the medium that should be served. It's pretty weak to say that someone should receive an endorsement mainly so that one party is not in charge of both branches. Besides, Rell has done such a pathetic job of building her party (where's the bench?) or pushing the underticket that it would not surprise me if the Democrats pick up a few seats so that they hold a veto-proof majority.

Bill Mastrogiovanni said...

I wouldn't call it gridlock, I'd call it checks and balances.

Anonymous said...

Checks and balances? There haven't been any for the last 2 and 1/2 years except on nickel and dime stuff. There won't be any if Rell is re-elected either.